la·​zy | \ ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \
lazier; laziest

Definition of lazy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : disinclined to activity or exertion : not energetic or vigorous The lazy child tried to avoid household chores.
b : encouraging inactivity or indolence a lazy summer day
2 : moving slowly : sluggish a lazy river
3 : droopy, lax a rabbit with lazy ears
4 : placed on its side lazy E livestock brand
5 : not rigorous or strict lazy scholarship


lazied; lazying

Definition of lazy (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move or lie lazily : laze

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Other Words from lazy


lazily \ ˈlā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce lazily (audio) \ adverb
laziness \ ˈlā-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce laziness (audio) \ noun
lazyish \ ˈlā-​zē-​ish How to pronounce lazyish (audio) \ adjective

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lazy, indolent, slothful mean not easily aroused to activity. lazy suggests a disinclination to work or to take trouble. take-out foods for lazy cooks indolent suggests a love of ease and a dislike of movement or activity. the heat made us indolent slothful implies a temperamental inability to act promptly or speedily when action or speed is called for. fired for being slothful about filling orders

Examples of lazy in a Sentence


a lazy child who avoided household chores I should have done more work this weekend, but I was feeling lazy. a hawk flying in lazy circles


a good afternoon to spend lazying on the back porch
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Then, in the 1970s, Wall Street noticed that the American corporation had become self-satisfied and lazy. Roger Lowenstein, Washington Post, "A reexamination of ownership in the age of the public corporation," 30 Aug. 2019 Paco's Poochie Plunge at Bahama Beach: You and your pooch can float through the Calypso Cooler lazy river or splash on the beach at the water park's annual party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tatia Woldt, Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Float with your pooch at the water park this weekend," 23 Aug. 2019 Fifty years ago, a twist of clouds in the Caribbean swirled lazy like cream in coffee but grew into a mass killer in the span of 120 hours. Kimberly Miller,, "Hurricane Camille and the turbulent, violent 1969 storm season still have mysteries," 17 Aug. 2019 Stand ups, light comedy chat shows, all gone; replaced with lazy hate and bad writing. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Why are people supposedly worried that Donald Trump wants to deport Melania?," 15 Aug. 2019 There’s a big difference between knowing what to do and being too scared or lazy to actually do it. Dr. Travis Bradberry, Quartz at Work, "Nine skills you should learn that pay off forever," 13 Aug. 2019 Some said the over-crowding made the pool waters and lazy river more dangerous because the 14-17 lifeguards on duty at the pool have difficulty seeing Adria Keeney, a resident of Creekside Park, was at the meeting with her husband, Jayland. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands sets public hearing for Monday about possible pool changes," 2 Aug. 2019 And among the lowlights in their 27th loss at home in the past 30 games was a five-run sixth, which featured not one, but two embarrassingly lazy lapses of judgment. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: 2 lazy lapses leave Ron Gardenhire dejected," 19 July 2019 Twelve months and about a dozen different samples later, and sunscreen is my now go-to product even on the laziest of days. Talia Abbas, SELF, "This Tinted Sunscreen Is The Best Thing to Happen to My Face in a Long Time," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of lazy


1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lazy

Adjective and Verb

perhaps from Middle Low German lasich feeble; akin to Middle High German erleswen to become weak

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English Language Learners Definition of lazy

disapproving : not liking to work hard or to be active
: not having much activity : causing people to feel that they do not want to be active
: moving slowly


la·​zy | \ ˈlā-zē How to pronounce lazy (audio) \
lazier; laziest

Kids Definition of lazy

1 : not liking or willing to act or work
2 : not having much activity a lazy summer day
3 : moving slowly : sluggish a lazy stream

Other Words from lazy

lazily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb We walked lazily down the path.

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